TORONTO - The NHL Players Association isn't happy that hockey's international governing body has suspended the contracts of six players.
The International Ice Hockey Federation announced Friday that the transfers of Alex Radulov and five others are officially under investigation.
All six players are looking to transfer between the NHL and Russia's new Continental Hockey League (KHL). There is currently no formal transfer agreement in place between those leagues but both sides had committed to honouring each other's contracts.
The NHLPA believes the IIHF has no right to suspend the players.
"Yesterday's announcement by the IIHF that they have suspended certain players from international competition has no basis in fact or law, and constitutes a violation of the rights of these players," NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly said Saturday. "The affected players are being unfairly singled out in a dispute between the NHL and the KHL over whether to respect each others' contracts.
"The NHLPA's strong objection to this unilateral action by the IIHF has been registered, and unless this action is reversed, the NHLPA will consider all legal options available."
Radulov, Nikita Filatov, Viktor Tikhonov, Jason Krog, Tomas Mojzis and Fedor Fedorov are having their deals reviewed. All parties have until July 31 to submit documentation to the IIHF.